By Film Type
Dir. Eyal Sagui Bizawe and Sara Tsifroni
(60 min, Israel, 2015) Documentary
Not long ago, Israeli families of all backgrounds would huddle next to the TV each Friday to watch the week’s “Egyptian movie.” Did anybody ever wonder how Israel’s official TV station was able to bypass sealed borders to obtain these beloved Arab Movies of the Week?
Dir. Barry Levinson
(128 min, USA, 1990) Narrative
Barry Levinson directs this evocative, nostalgic film which celebrates the virtues of family life and traces several generations of Baltimore Jewish immigrants. Headlined by a memorable performance from 2016 WJFF Visionary award winner Armin-Mueller Stahl.
BLUSH (Previously Barash)
BLACK JEWS: THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE
Dir. Laurence Gavron
(56 min, Senegal/France, 2016) Documentary
A large number of groups in Sub-Saharan African countries spontaneously converted to Judaism in the 20th Century. This film takes a close look at a Jewish community in Cameroon, while also examining African Israeli and African American Jewish communities.
Dir. Steve Rivo
(85 min, USA, 2015) Documentary
At a time when the US was busy pushing and re-defining its borders, the nascent medium of photography was just starting to take root. At the center of this artistic and geographic expansion stood an observant Sephardic Jew from South Carolina, Solomon Carvalho (1815-1897).
COMPARED TO WHAT? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank (Spotlight Evening)
Dir. Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler
(90 min, USA, 2014) Documentary
A fresh and contemporary political drama with unparalleled access to one of Congress’ first openly gay Representatives, and easily one of the most captivating public figures in recent memory.